Harbaugh: “He’s closer than ever”

Dennis Pitta
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

 

After losing Anquan Boldin in the off-season Ravens fans were getting worried about the receiver situation. After fans heard Pitta was “expected” to miss the entire season with a dislocated hip, hopes in the offense faded with the loss of Joe’s favorite targets.

Fear not, for it looks like Pitta’s injury is taking a turn for the better.

According to ESPN insider Ed Werder back in late October, the “Ravens are not expecting Pitta to return until mid-late November.”

Remember last year when Terrell Suggs suffered an Achilles injury and how he was “expected” to be out for the season but came back mid-season? Remember how Ray Lewis was put on the “Injured Reserve-Designated To Return” list and returned for the postseason from a torn triceps muscle? Well it seems Pitta is on both of those tracks as he was placed on the same list back in September and continues to make great progress like Suggs and Lewis both did last year.

Dennis Pitta gave the Ravens fans some hope saying, “I think there’s a possibility of me coming back. I’m getting stronger every day.”

John Harbaugh gave us good news when was asked about Pitta’s injury.

“Everything I’ve been told is that he’s on schedule. I’m interested to hear when he can start practicing again. I’ve been asking that question. I haven’t gotten a ‘yes’ yet, but he’s closer than ever.”

Just one question lingers, when Pitta comes back.

“Will it be too late to help our playoff chances?”

If there is one of many things the Ravens are struggling with this year that people are overlooking, it is 3rd down conversions. Last year Dennis acquitted himself with 33 targets on 3rd down last year converting about 81% of the time. As they stand right now, the Ravens are 17th in the league in 3rd down conversion percentage, converting a whopping 38% of the time.

So what does that have to do with Pitta?

A LOT!

Last year Joe’s completion percentage on third down was about 57%, 48% of his 3rd down passes were to Boldin, 30 receptions, or Pitta, 33 receptions. But through 8 games in 2012, Pitta had a compilation of: 32 receptions, 279 yards, and 2 TDs. Besides receptions, Dallas Clark has put up the exact same number of yards and touchdowns through 8 games!

As we keep addressing how not having Pitta on the field is an issue, and it is, is he really that one guy who can turn around our whole season for the better?

No.

But pairing him up with Dallas Clark is clearly a step in the right direction.

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Eric Himmelheber is a Mass Communications major currently enrolled at CCBC (Catonsville). After receiving his Associates degree, he plans on transferring to Towson University to receive his Bachelors. He is also an umpire for the 9-10, 11-12 Catonsville Youth Baseball league setting a record for most foul balls taken to...more

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